The official July 4th holiday falls on Monday in 2022, setting the stage for a long weekend of fireworks, parades, concerts and special events throughout New Jersey this weekend and into next week.
From small town celebrations to the massive fireworks displays in New York and Philadelphia visible from New Jersey, scores of events are planned to celebrate Independence Day.
NJ Advance Media has combed through events scheduled in at least 140 towns throughout all 21 counties to provide our readers with this monster list. Many towns have celebrations scheduled for multiple days. (Have an event we should add? Send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here’s a county-by-county look at some of the biggest and best Fourth of July fireworks, parades, concerts and special events planned throughout New Jersey this year.
- ATLANTIC CITY – Fourth of July Fireworks, North Beach, 9:30 p.m. July 1, with live music, drink specials and other activities across from the boardwalk. atlanticcitynorthbeach.com
- GALLOWAY – Fourth of July Parade, 9 a.m. July 4, Historic Smithville/Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road in Smithville. historicsmithville.com, 609-748-8999
- HAMMONTON – Fourth of July Parade, march on Bellevue Avenue from Egg Harbor Road to Third Street, 11 a.m. July 4. email@example.com.
- VENTNOR – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Full Spectrum and Ricky Stevens, 50th annual Ventnor Mile run starting and ending at New Haven boardwalk entrance, popsicle contest and fireworks, 6-10 p.m. July 3, Newport Avenue Beach, Newport Avenue. $20 race registration (runsignup.com). ventnorcity.org, 609-823-7900.
- ALLENDALE – Fourth of July Celebration, flag raising and morning salute 7 a.m. July 4 led by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Allendale, with athletic activities for local residents at Recreation Park, starting 8:30 a.m. with races, men’s horseshoe pitching contest, water balloon toss, women’s rolling pin throw, and baseball and softball games. Concert by the Community Band of Waldwick at 7:30 p.m. at Crestwood Lake, concluding with fireworks. allendale.org, holidayobservers.org/4th-of-july.
- EAST RUTHERFORD Fourth of July Fireworks, July 2 and 4, State Fair Meadowlands, 50 Route 120. $35 admission to fair. njfair.com, 201-355-5911.
- EDGEWATER – Fourth of July Celebration, live music, food trucks, children’s activities and fireworks, 6-10 p.m. June 30; rain date July 2, Veterans Field on the Hudson, 1171-1179 County Route 505. edgewaternj.org, 201-943-1700.
- FAIR LAWN – Fourth of July Celebration, gates open 6:45 p.m. July 2 for festivities, vendors and concert by the Shotz, concluding with fireworks; bring blankets and lawn chairs; rain date July 9, Memorial Park, Fair Lawn, Heroes and Berdan avenues. $7-$9, seniors and ages 2-12 $5-$7; family of five $25-$30. fairlawn.org, 201-794-5370.
- HACKENSACK – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Fillet of Soul, food trucks, family games and fireworks, 5-9:30 p.m. July 4, Foschini Park, River Street. hackensack.org, 201-646-3940.
- LYNDHURST – Fourth of July Celebration, food trucks, novelty vendors, patriotic exercises and fireworks, 6 p.m. July 1, Lyndhurst Little League Field, Riverside Avenue. lyndhurstnj.org, 201-804-2482.
- MAYWOOD – MEMORIAL PARK, Spring Valley Road, maywoodnj.com, 201-845-2900. Fourth of July Fireworks, music by Jumping Dragons concluding with fireworks, 6:30 p.m. July 2. Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks, 9 a.m. march July 4 from Orchard Place north on Maywood Avenue to West Pleasant Avenue, then north on Palmer Avenue and West on West Fairmount Avenue to Memorial Park for ice cream and reading of Declaration of Independence.
- ORADELL – Fourth of July Parade, march starting 10 a.m. July 4 on Oradell Avenue, west to Maple and Ridgewood avenues, to Kinderkamack Road, Oradell Avenue, Prospect Avenue to Park Avenue, concluding with ceremony, games and beer garden at Memorial Park Field, Prospect Avenue. oradell.org, 201-261-8200.
- PARAMUS – Fourth of July Fireworks, gates open 6 p.m. July 3 for food truck festival, vendors and live music, concluding with fireworks at dusk, Cliff Gennarelli Sports-Plex, Garden State Plaza Parkway. paramus4thofjuly.com. Fourth of July Parade, 9 a.m. march July 4 starting from Century Road and Fairview Avenue and heading north to Memorial School on Midland Avenue. paramus.bccls.org, paramus4thofjuly.com.
- RAMSEY – Fourth of July Celebration, music by One Hit Wonders and Fillet of Soul, food and fireworks, 6:30 p.m. July 1; rain date July 2, Finch Park, 25 Gertzen Plaza. ramseynj.com, 201-825-3400 ext. 225.
- RIDGEFIELD PARK – Fourth of July Celebration, 7:30 a.m. July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence at Euclid Avenue and Mt. Vernon Street, 7:45 a.m. flag raising ceremony by the Boys and Girls Scouts, 8 a.m. presentation of local fire department and emergency units personnel and equipment, 9 a.m. baby and youth parade beginning at Poplar Street and Euclid Avenue followed by 11:30 a.m. main civic parade from Preston Street and Hudson Avenue down Main Street, 7:30 p.m. Rutherford Community Band concert in Veterans Field, Overlook Avenue and Popular Street, concluding with 9:30 p.m. fireworks. 201-641-2612.
- RIVER EDGE – Fourth of July Celebration, parade at 11 a.m. July 4 from Cherry Hill School marching up Bogert Road to Continental Avenue, ending at Veterans Memorial Park with a family fair.Veterans Memorial Park, 246 Continental Ave. riveredgenj.org, 201-599-6303.
- RUTHERFORD – Ninth Annual Baby Parade, for ages 5 and younger, sponsored by Lightbridge Academy, 10 a.m. July 2, Elliott Place, between Home and Mortimer avenues. rutherfordboronj.com, 201-460-3000, ext. 3156. Fourth of July Fireworks, sponsored by Felician University, 7 p.m. July 2, Memorial Field, Washington Avenue at Darwin Avenue. rutherfordboronj.com, 201-460-3017.
- SADDLE BROOK – Fourth of July Celebration, picnic from noon to 4 p.m., music, rides and food, fireworks at dusk, July 2, Otto C. Pehle County Park, Saddle River Road. 201-336-7275.
- BORDENTOWN TWP. – Fourth of July Celebration, music, food. vendors and fireworks, 4 p.m. July 2, Joseph Lawrence Park, 326 Ward Ave. bordentowntownship.com, 609-291-2133.
- EVESHAM – Fourth of July Fireworks, music, food vendors and fireworks at dusk, 6 p.m. July 4, Savich Tract Field, 525 E. Main St. in Marlton. evesham-nj.org, 856-983-2900.
- FLORENCE – Patriotic Celebration, 11 a.m. flag raising July 9 at Fifth and Oak streets followed by noon parade from East Fifth Street, lefts on Olive Street and Delaware along the river to Broad Street, ending at the Florence Township Municipal Complex, 711 Broad St.; concert and food 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the municipal complex, concluding with fireworks, florence-nj.gov, 609-499-2525.
- MAPLE SHADE – Fourth of July Celebration and Parade, noon July 2, on Main Street. Fireworks 9 p.m. at Maple Shade High School. mapleshade.com, 856-779-9610.
- MEDFORD – Fourth of July Celebration, live music, games, shows, children’s activity zone, food court and vendors, concluding with fireworks, 6-10 p.m. July 1, Freedom Park, 86 Union St. medfordtownship.com, medfordcelebrates.org.
- MOUNT HOLLY – Fourth of July Celebration, free rides, food vendors, beer tent, live music, concluding with fireworks, 5-10 p.m. July 3, Ironworks Park, 157 Wollner Drive. 609-845-1151.
- RIVERTON – Fourth of July Parade, march up Main Street, ending at Riverton Memorial Park, 10 a.m. July 4, Riverton Yacht Club, Bank Avenue. riverton4thofjuly.com, 856-829-8524.
- BARRINGTON – Fourth of July Celebration, 6 p.m. parade July 3 from Clements Bridge Road and Atlantic Avenue, right on Gloucester Pike, then right on Moore Avenue and left on Fifth Avenue and right on Reading Road, with parade float and bike decorating contests, concluding with fireworks at dusk launched from behind Woodland School, Woodland Middle School, 1 School Lane. barringtonboro.com, 856-547-0706.
- BELLMAWR – Fourth of July Parade, 9 a.m. baby parade July 4 followed by 10 a.m. bicycle parade in Annunciation School parking lot and 11 a.m. parade down West Browning Road to Bellmawr Borough Hall, 21 E. Browning Road. bellmawr.com, 856-933-1313.
- BROOKLAWN – Fourth of July Celebration, 10 a.m.parade July 4 starting at New Broadway and Chestnut Street and traveling down New Broadway over the railroad tracks to Memorial Park, South Hannevig and Maude avenues, for Brooklawn American Legion Color Guard and singing of the National Anthem by David Chorzelewski followed by awarding of parade prizes, bounce house and food and refreshments in the firehouse. 856-456-0750.
- CAMDEN – Camden County Freedom Festival, activities starting 5 p.m. July 4 with Tri-County Symphonic Band, followed by a concert with Travel Lanes and the O’Jays, concluding with fireworks, Wiggins Park, Camden Waterfront, Riverside Drive. camdencounty.com, 856-757-9400.
- CHERRY HILL – Fourth of July 5K and 1-Mile Walk, with food, games, DJ, inflatable rides, activities and contest for best “4th”-themed runner, 8 a.m. July 4, Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. $20-$35 runners/walkers. chnj.gov, 856-488-7868.
- COLLINGSWOOD – Fourth of July Celebration, water games, raft races and other activities starting 2 p.m. July 4 at Roberts Pool, with gates opening 6:30 p.m. at high school field for concert by To the Max concluding with fireworks. Collingswood High School, 424 W. Collings Ave. collingswood.com, 856-854-0720. Fourth of July Bike Parade, gathering 9 a.m. July 4 on West Zane Avenue between Haddon and Park avenues, where volunteer middle and high school students will help participants decorate their bikes for procession to Collings and Park avenues, for free ice cream. collingswood.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- HADDON HEIGHTS – HOFF’S PLAYGROUND, High and Eighth streets, haddonhts.com, 856-546-2585, unless otherwise listed. Firecracker 5K, hosted by Haddon Heights Municipal Alliance, 8 a.m. July 4. $25-$35. email@example.com. Fourth of July Parade, march from Second Avenue down Station Avenue, looping around 10th Avenue toward High Street and Hoff’s Park, 9 a.m. July 4; rain date July 5. 856-547-7164, ext. 36.
- HADDONFIELD – “Yankee Doodle Do,” music, food trucks and bounce houses from Haddon Avenue to PATCO, concluding with fireworks, 5 p.m. July 3. haddonfieldnj.org, 856-216-7253. Fourth of July Parade, march from Chestnut Street and Kings Highway to Haddonfield Memorial High School, 401 Kings Highway East, 5 p.m. July 3.haddonfieldnj.org, 856-429-4700.
- HI-NELLA – Fourth of July Parade, march from firehouse to Earl W. Schilling Memorial Park, 50 Minnetonka Road, for activities and lunch, 10 a.m. July 4. hinellaboro.org, 856-784-4866.
- RUNNEMEDE – Fourth of July Parade, march along Black Horse Pike, 1 p.m. July 4. runnemedenj.org, 856-939-5161.
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- AVALON – Fourth of July Fireworks, 8:45 p.m. July 4, 30th Street Beach, 30th Street. visitavalonnj.com, 609-967-3936. Bay Atlantic Symphony, Fourth of July concert preceding fireworks, 7 p.m. July 4, Avalon Community Hall, Avalon Avenue and 30th Street. avalonboro.org, 609-967-3936.
- CAPE MAY – Fourth of July Parade, march down Beach Avenue from Philadelphia to Patterson avenues with bike decorating contest, noon July 2, Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave. at Stockton Place. capemay.com, 609-884-9565. Fourth of July Fireworks, launched from a barge, 9 p.m. July 4; rain date July 5, Congress Hall, Perry Street and Congress Place. capemaycity.com, 609-884-9565.
- LOWER TWP. – Fourth of July Celebration, festival with music, rides, food and vendors along the bay front from North Cape May to Emerson, concluding with fireworks off Emerson Avenue, 5 p.m. July 3. townshipoflower.org, 609-886-2005.
- MIDDLE TWP. – Fourth of July Celebration, games, food trucks, pie-eating contest, music by the Animal House Band, fireworks, 6-9:30 p.m. July 4; rain date July 10, Clarence Davies Sports Complex, 626 Goshen Road in Cape May Court House. middletownship.com, 609-465-8728, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NORTH WILDWOOD – Patriotic Pooch Parade, participant check-in at Bill Henfey Park, 9 a.m. July 4, City of North Wildwood, 901 Atlantic Ave. northwildwood.com, 609-522-2955.
- STONE HARBOR – Fourth of July Field Day and Phillies Home Run Derby, foot and bike races, bike decorating and sand sculpting contests, baseball hitting competition, 10 a.m. July 4, 82nd Street Recreation Field and Beach, 82nd Street. stoneharborrecreation.com. Fourth of July Fireworks, 9 p.m. July 4, Stone Harbor Beach, 95th Avenue and First Street. stoneharborrecreation.com.
- UPPER TWP. – Fourth of July Celebration, live music, games, food and other attractions culminating with fireworks, 4-11 p.m. July 4, Amanda’s Field, 1091 Route 50 in Petersburg. uppertownship.com, 609-628-2011, ext. 248, or email@example.com.
- WEST WILDWOOD – Fourth of July Parade, 10:30 a.m. July 4, Borough of West Wildwood, 701 W. Glenwood Ave. westwildwoodnj.com, 609-522-4845.
- WILDWOOD – Fourth of July Parade, march 9 a.m. July 4, from Ninth and Atlantic avenues in North Wildwood proceeding north to First and Surf avenues, with prizes for best decorated bikes wagons, strollers, scooters and low speed vehicles in red, white and blue theme. northwildwood.com, 609-522-2955. Fourth of July Fireworks, 10 p.m. July 4, Wildwood Boardwalk, Schellenger Avenue. dooww.com, 609-523-1602.
- WILDWOOD CREST – Fourth of July Celebration, concert by Don’t Call Me Francis followed by fireworks, 7:30 p.m. July 4, Centennial Park Amphitheater, 6700 Ocean Ave. 609-522-6951.
- BRIDGETON – ALDEN FIELD, 4 Burt St., cityofbridgeton.com, 856-453-1675. Annual Horseshoe Tournament, 11 a.m. July 4. Fourth of July Fireworks, 9:15 p.m. July 4.
- VINELAND – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Musically Yours and the Rowan College/Cumberland Campus Wind Symphony concluding with fireworks, 7 p.m. July 4, Giampietro Park, Landis and Lincoln avenues. vinelandcity.org, 856-794-4000.
- BELLEVILLE – Fourth of July Celebration, family activities and entertainment, rides, food trucks, DJ and fireworks at dusk, 6 p.m. July 1; rain date July 2, Belleville Municipal Stadium, 350 Division Ave. Belleville. Registration required. bellevillenj.org, 973-450-3500.
- CEDAR GROVE – Fourth of July Fireworks, gates opening 7 p.m, June 30; rain date July 1, Panther Park, 118 W. Bradford Ave. cedargrove.org, 973-239-1410, ext. 222.
- EAST ORANGE – Fourth of July Celebration, food, family activities, performances by Lady Alma, Ace Da Face, DJ Chill X, EO Got Talent Finalists and MC Kool Bubba Ice and fireworks, 6 p.m. July 4, Paul Robeson Athletic Stadium, 215 N. Clinton St. and Park Avenue. eastorange-nj.gov, 973-414-4141.
- FAIRFIELD – Fourth of July Celebration, DJ, food, fireworks, 5:30 p.m. June 29, Fairfield Recreation Complex, 221 Hollywood Ave. fairfieldnj.org, 973-882-2745.
- LIVINGSTON – Fourth of July Celebration, annual Auto Fest at Livingston High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4, family activities beginning 10 a.m. at Memorial Park Oval, Robert Harp Drive, and 10 a.m. opening patriotic ceremony and Kiwanis Swim Carnival at Haines Pool, food trucks plus “beer and wine cafe” with live bands from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; main stage entertainment at 7:45 p.m. concluding with fireworks. livingstonnj.org, 973-992-5000.
- MILLBURN – Fourth of July Celebration, activities beginning 9 a.m. July 4 with flag raising and Patriot Award ceremony at Taylor Park, continuing with magician, children’s DJ dance party, and “Millburn Fire Truck Experience”; gates opening 7 p.m. at Millburn High School, 462 Millburn Ave., for DJ and food trucks, culminating with fireworks at dusk. $10 for admission to evening fireworks. mshjuly4th.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MONTCLAIR – Fourth of July Parade and Picnic, march concluding at park with picnic, 11 a.m. July 4, Edgemont Memorial Park, Valley Road. montclairnjusa.org, 973-509-4914. Fourth of July Celebration, concert by the Infernos, concluding with fireworks, 7:30 p.m. July 1, Brookdale Park, Watchung Avenue. bloomfieldtwpnj.com, 973-226-3400.
- NUTLEY – Fourth of July Celebration, music and food beginning 6:30 p.m. July 4 with fireworks at dusk , Nutley Park Oval, Franklin Avenue and Chesnut Street. www.nutleynj.org, 973-284-4959.
- VERONA – Fourth of July Celebration, DJ and fireworks, 7 p.m. July 1; rain date July 5, Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Ave. veronanj.org, 973-857-4830.
- WEST CALDWELL/CALDWELL/NORTH CALDWELL/ROSELAND – Fourth of July Celebration, joint observance with Caldwell, North Caldwell, Roseland and Essex Fells with DJ, fireworks, 7 p.m. July 4; rain date July 5, James Caldwell High School, 265 Westville Ave. $3, ages 12 and younger $1. westcaldwell.com, 973-226-2300.
- WEST ORANGE – Fourth of July Celebration and Food Truck Festival, with DJ, children’s activities and fireworks at dusk, 1 p.m. July 4, West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Ave. westorange.org.
- MONROE – Fourth of July Puppy Parade, 11 a.m. July 4, Pfeiffer Community Center, 301 Blue Bell Road in Williamstown. email@example.com, 856-728-9841.
- PAULSBORO – Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. July 4, Paulsboro Plaza, Broad Street. paulsboronj.org, 856-423-1500.
- WASHINGTON TWP. – Fourth of July Fireworks, field opens 6:30 p.m. July 4 with judged float parade, fireworks at dusk, Washington Township High School, 519 Hurffville Crosskeys Road. (No parade this year.) twp.washington.nj.us, 856-589-0520.
- WENONAH – Fourth of July Parade, Wenonah Lions Club’s 66th annual march, 8 a.m. July 4, Downtown Wenonah, Mantua Avenue. boroughofwenonah.com, 856-468-5228.
- WOODBURY – Fourth of July Fireworks, live music, food trucks, ice cream trucks and concessions starting 5 p.m., July 2, at Frances Avenue Fields, 425 Frances Ave., West Deptford, concluding with fireworks at dusk, which can also be viewed at Woodbury Junior-Senior High School, 25 N. Broad St. woodbury.nj.us, 856-845-1300.
- JERSEY CITY – Fourth of July Celebration, performances by Flo Rida, DJs Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) and Funk Flex, concluding with fireworks, July 4, Exchange Place, 1 Exchange Place. jcnj.org.
- KEARNY – Fourth of July Fireworks, concert with the James Dean Orchestra concluding with fireworks, 7 p.m. July 4; rain date July 5, Veterans’ Field, Belgrove Drive between Afton Street and Bergen Avenue. kearnynj.org, 201-955-7400.
- SECAUCUS – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Psychedelic Angel followed by fireworks at the swim club; local residents only, 6 p.m. June 30, Secaucus Recreation Center, 1200 Koelle Blvd. secaucusnj.org, 201-330-3299.
- UNION CITY – Fourth of July Celebration, music, children’s activities, free hotdogs and water, fireworks, 6-10 p.m. July 1, Downtown Union City, Palisades Avenue from 18th to 22nd streets. ucnj.com, 201-348-5700.
- LEBANON – Fourth of July Parade and Picnic, short children’s parade for ages 10 and younger at 9:30 a.m. July 4 from Sutton Street up Main Street, followed by and 10 a.m. parade west along Main Street, down Myrtle Avenue to Brunswick Avenue, concluding with picnic at at Holjes-Sheppard Park, with flag raising ceremony, presentation of awards, refreshments, games and competitions. lebanonboro4thofjulyparade.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LEBANON TWP. – Firefighters Festival, Lebanon Township Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser with carnival rides, games, live music, food trucks, beer tent and vendors, 6-10 p.m. July 6-8; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 9, Lebanon Township Memorial Park, Bunnvale Road. Free admission Wednesday-Friday; $20 Saturday for ages 11 and older. lebanontownship.net, 732-882-2171.
- EAST WINDSOR – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band and Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, concluding with fireworks, 6 p.m. July 2; rain date July 9, Etra Lake Park, 9 Etra Road. eastwindsoronline.com, 609-443-4000.
- HAMILTON – Fourth of July Celebration, concert and food vendors, concluding with fireworks at dusk, 6 p.m. July 1; rain date July 2, Veterans Park, Kuser Road. HamiltonNJ.com/Fireworks, 609-890-3622.
- LAWRENCE – Fourth of July Celebration, festivities beginning 7 p.m. July 1 with live music, children’s entertainment and food trucks, culminating with fireworks, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road (Route 206). lawrencetwp.com, 609-844-7065.
- PENNINGTON – Fourth of July Races, for ages 3-12, 9:15 a.m. July 4, The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Ave. penningtonboro.org, 609-737-0276.
- PRINCETON – Fourth of July Jubilee, free celebration of current “Ma Bell” exhibit with family activities, live music and dancing and food trucks, noon-3 p.m. July 4, Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton St. eventbrite.com, 609-924-8144. Fourth of July Celebration, flag raising with vocal accompaniment by Krista Hastings, speeches and reading of Declaration of Independence, concluding with tour of the battlefield, noon July 4, Princeton Battlefield State Park, Mercer Road. pbs1777.org, info@PBS1777.org or609-232-8540.
- TRENTON – Fourth of July Celebration, re-enactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence outside of Philadelphia hosted by Trenton Kiwanis at 23 S. Warren St, noon July 8, 1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market St. williamtrenthouse.org, 609-208-9991.
- WEST WINDSOR – Fourth of July Fireworks, following concert by the Tom Petty tribute band Pure Petty at the L.E.A.D. Fest, July 4, Mercer County Park, 1638 Old Trenton Road. $8 festival admission. theleadfest.com.
- CARTERET – Independence Day Festival, rides, games, food, music by Well Alright and the Infernos, DJ and vendors, culminating with fireworks, 4-11 p.m. July 2, Carteret Waterfront Park, Industrial Road and Middlesex Avenue. carteret.net, 732-541-3890.
- CRANBURY – Fourth of July Fireworks, at dark, July 5, Village Park, Brainerd Lake, Maplewood Avenue. cranburytownship.org, 732-819-0363.
- EDISON – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Big Hix, Nothing But Velvet, JoBonnano and Godsons of Soul and the Raritan Trombone Quartet, food, beer and wine garden, children’s rides starting 3 p.m. July 4, with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Papaianni Lake Park, Central and Linden avenues. edisonnj.org, 732-248-7310.
- HIGHLAND PARK – Fourth of July Celebration, music and food vendors, concluding with fireworks, 6-9:45 p.m. July 3; rain date July 7, Donaldson Park, Second Avenue. hpboro.com, 732-819-0052.
- METUCHEN – New Jersey Symphony, free outdoor concert of works by Sousa, Sondheim, Rossini, Mozart and others, 7:30 p.m. July 2, Metuchen Town Plaza, New and Pearl streets. njsymphony.org, email@example.com,800-255-3476.
- PERTH AMBOY – Fourth of July Celebration, family entertainment and festivities with food, vendors and live music, concluding with fireworks, 3-9:45 p.m. July 2, Perth Amboy Waterfront, Sadowski Parkway. ci.perthamboy.nj.us, 732-826-0290. Fourth of July Celebration, 11:30 a.m. reception and reading of Declaration of Independence, July 4 at Proprietary House Royal Governor’s Mansion, 149 Kearney Ave., 12:30 Colonial cannon firing with fife and drum performance at City Hall Circle and 1 p.m. ringing of Liberty Bell, Perth Amboy City Hall, 260 High St. ci.perthamboy.nj.us, 732-826-0290.
- PISCATAWAY – “Revolutionary Celebration,” 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4, East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road. middlesexcountynj.gov, 732-745-3030.
- SOUTH AMBOY – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Clem and Friends and Carson Drive, rides, games and food trucks, concluding with fireworks, 4-9:45 p.m. July 2, Raritan Bay Waterford Park, 201 O’Leary Blvd. 732-745-3936.
- SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Fourth of July Celebration, entertainment, DJ, food trucks and fireworks, 6 p.m. July 1; rain date July 8, Crossroads South Middle School, 195 Major Road in Monmouth Junction. southbrunswicknj.gov, 732-329-4000.
- SPOTSWOOD/HELMETTA – Helmetta/Spotswood Fourth of July Celebration, 1 p.m. Mayor’s March down Manalapan Road in Helmetta to Spotswood, with float contest, and 6:30 p.m. “Spark in the Park” at Immaculate Conception’s back fields with music, food trucks and fireworks, July 2, Immaculate Conception School, 23 Manalapan Road. spotswoodboro.com, helmettaboro.com.
- WOODBRIDGE – Fourth of July Celebration, gates opening at 4 p.m. July 1, with music by AM Gold and Yacht Rock Party, concluding with fireworks, 4 p.m. July 1; rain date July 2, Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park at Sewaren Peninsula, Cliff Road. twp.woodbridge.nj.us, 732-634-4500.
- ALLENTOWN – Fourth of July Celebration, reading of Declaration of Independence, 9 a.m. July 4, Downtown Allentown, North Main Street and Allen Drive. 609-259-3151.
- BELMAR – Fourth of July Light Show and Fireworks, 9 p.m. July 1, Taylor Pavilion, Ocean and Fifth avenues. $25 suggested family donation to support Rebuilding Warriors. belmar.com, 732-681-3700.
- FREEHOLD – Fourth of July Fireworks, at dusk, July 3, Freehold Raceway, Park Avenue. freeholdraceway.com, 732-462-3800.
- HAZLET – Fourth of July Fireworks, with food trucks, 8:30 p.m. July 2; rain date July 3, Veterans Memorial Park, 1776 Union Ave. hazlettwp.org, 732-739-0653.
- HOLMDEL – Fourth of July Fireworks, 9:15 p.m. July 6, Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Road. bell.works, 732-226-8818.
- MATAWAN – Fourth of July Fireworks, at dusk, July 3, Lake Lefferts, Ravine Drive. matawanborough.com, 732-566-3898.
- OCEAN GROVE – Imperial Brass, “American We” concert, 7:30 p.m. July 7, Great Auditorium, 54 Pilgrim Pathway. $12-$17.50. oceangrove.org, 800-590-4064. Fourth of July Parade, march 10:30 a.m. July 2, from Whitefield Avenue east along Main Avenue to Central Avenue, then north toward Ocean Pathway and east again, ending along Ocean Avenue. oceangrove.org, 732-775-0035.
- ROOSEVELT – Fourth of July Celebration, bicycle and walking parade followed by tai chi demonstration and ribbon cutting for trail head sign and compost display, concluding with concert by Danny and Kim, noon-4 p.m. July 4, Roosevelt Public School, 2A School Lane. rooseveltnj.us, 609-448-0539.
- SEA BRIGHT – Fourth of July Fireworks, at dusk, July 1, Sea Bright Library, 1097 Ocean Ave. seabrightnj.org, 732-842-0099.
- UNION BEACH – Fourth of July Fireworks, at dusk, July 3, Union Beach, Beachfront. unionbeach.net, 732-264-2277.
- WALL – 34th Annual Firecracker 5-Mile Race, run or walk, 8:35 a.m. July 4, Wall Muncipal Complex, 2700 Allaire Road. $35-$40. runsignup.com/Race/NJ/WallTownship/WallFirecracker5, 732-449-8444, ext. 2250.
- DENVILLE – Fourth of July Fireworks, concert by Street Hassle concluding with fireworks, 7 p.m. July 4; rain date July 15, Gardner Field, Route 46 and Savage Road. denvillenj.org, 973-625-8300.
- DOVER – Fourth of July Celebration, seating on bleachers and track with food for sale and DJ, concluding with fireworks, 6 p.m. July 1; rain date July 2, Hamilton Athletic Field, Route 46 and E. McFarlan Avenue. $4, students $3, seniors $1, ages 4 and younger free. dover.nj.us, 973-366-2200.
- EAST HANOVER – Fourth of July Fireworks, DJ and food trucks, with fireworks at dusk, 7 p.m. July 4; rain date July 5, Lurker Park, Eagle Rock Avenue. easthanovertownship.com, 973-888-6000.
- MENDHAM – Fourth of July Celebration, gates opening 6:30 p.m. July 1 at Mosle Field with live band, food trucks, giveaways and activities, concluding with fireworks. mendhamtwp.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MORRIS PLAINS – Eighth Annual Fourth of July 5K Race for Recovery, Market Street Mission fundraiser with in-person and virtual options, 1-2-mile Freedom Walk and fun run for children, 7:30 a.m. July 4, Central Park of Morris County, 91 Central Ave. runsignup.com/msm5k, 973-538-0431.
- MORRISTOWN – U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus, free concert, 7 p.m. June 30, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. mayoarts.org, 973-539-8008. Reading of the Declaration of Independence, lighthearted presentation on the Declaration of Independence by park ranger in period clothing followed by formal reading and mock “feu de joie” musket salute, noon July 4, Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place. nps.gov/morr/index.htm, 973-631-5151. Free Hike to Revolutionary War Powder Mill, 11 a.m.-noon July 4, Morris County Historical Society, Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave. morriscountyhistory.org, 973-267-3465.
- MOUNT ARLINGTON – Fourth of July Fireworks, over Lake Hopatcong at dusk, July 1; rain date July 9, Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club Inc., 75 Bertrand Road. lhyc.com, LHYCFireworks@gmail.com.
- MOUNTAIN LAKES – Fourth of July Fireworks, 8:30 p.m. over Mountain Lake, July 2; rain date July 3, Mountain Lakes Borough Hall, 400 Boulevard. mtnlakes.org, 973-334-3131.
- PARSIPPANY – Fourth of July Celebration, concert by Overboard concluding with fireworks, 6 p.m. July 4; rain date July 5, Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive. pthsd.k12.nj.us, 973-682-2815.
- RANDOLPH – Freedom Festival, rides, games, live music, food trucks, beer garden and vendors, concluding with fireworks on Saturday, 6-11 p.m. June 30-July 2, County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road. $5 parking. randolphnj.org, 973-989-7100. Randolph Kiwanis Freedom Parade, march from Dover Chester Road and Quaker Church Road to the County College of Morris, 10 a.m. July 2, Mt. Fern United Methodist Church, 443 Quaker Church Road. randolphnj.org, 973-989-7100.
- BARNEGAT LIGHT – Fourth of July Parade, march from West 11th St. to the pavilion at Sixth and Bayview avenues, 6 p.m. July 2, Barnegat Light Town Hall, 10 E. Seventh St. barnegatlight.org, 609-494-9196.
- BEACH HAVEN – Fourth of July Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. July 2, Bayside, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue. chowderfest.com, 609-494-7211.
- BRICK – WINDWARD BEACH, 265 Princeton Avenue, 732-255-6600. SummerFest, concert by Super Trans-Am followed by fireworks, 7 p.m. June 30; concert by Stifler’s Mom with food trucks and beer and wine garden followed by fireworks, 7 p.m. July 7. Libby Prison Minstrels, “Patriotic Songs of the 19th and early 20th century” music program, 2 p.m. July 2, Ocean County Library, Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Road. Registration required. theoceancountylibrary.org, 732-477-4513.
- JACKSON – Fourth of July Festival, three-day celebration with rides, music and nightly fireworks, July 2-4, Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd. at Route 537. Free with park admission. sixflags.com, 732-928-1821.
- LACEY – Fourth of July Celebration, concert by Shallow Green followed by fireworks, 7:30 p.m. July 5; rain date July 6, Lacey Township High School, 73 Haines St. in Lanoka Harbor. laceytownship.org, 609-693-1100.
- LAKEHURST – Fourth of July Parade, procession with children’s patriotically decorated bikes starting at borough hall, 11 a.m. July 2. lakehurst-nj.gov, 732-657-4141. Fourth of July Car Show, hosted by Lakehurst Historical Society with vendors, food, games, chances and gift auction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 2; rain date July 9, Lakehurst Elementary School, 301 Union Ave. lakehurst-nj.gov, 732-657-4141. Fourth of July Celebration, 100th anniversary celebration with live music, food trucks, local vendors, beer garden, rides, games, hatchet throwing, raffles and fireworks, 2-9:30 p.m. July 3; fireworks rain date July 9, Lake Horicon, Union Avenue and Lake Street. lakehurst-nj.gov, 732-657-4141.
- LAKEWOOD – Fourth of July Fireworks, following game against Hudson Valley, 7 p.m. July 4, FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood Blue Claws Stadium, 2 Stadium Way. blueclaws.com, 732-901-7000.
- LAVALLETTE – Fourth of July Fireworks, Patriotic Band concert followed by fireworks, 8 p.m. July 3; rain date July 10, Gazebo Grounds, Bay Boulevard. lavallette.org, 732-793-7477.
- NEW EGYPT – “Rockin’ Fireworks,” concert by the 80′s Undercover Band, vendors and fireworks, 4 p.m. July 9, New Egypt High School, outdoor fields, 117 Evergreen Road. plumsted.org, email@example.com,973-229-4931.
- OCEAN – Fourth of July Celebration, music by Jobonano and the Godsons, Pure McCartney, DJ, food trucks and fireworks, 6-11 p.m. July 1, Joe Palaia Park, Deal and Whalepond Roads. oceantwp.org, 732-531-5000.
- PINE BEACH – 97th Annual Fourth of July Parade, 9 a.m. July 4, Pine Beach Fire House, Prospect Avenue. pinebeachborough.us, 732-349-6425.
- SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Fourth of July Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. July 6, Seaside Heights, Boardwalk. 732-793-9100. Fourth of July Concert, “All American Variety Show” at Franklin Avenue stage, 7 p.m. July 4, Seaside Heights Borough, 901 Boulevard. seaside-heightsnj.org, 732-793-9100.
- SEASIDE PARK – Fourth of July Bike Parade, hosted by Seaside Park PTA, 8:30 a.m. July 4, Seaside Park, Fifth and Bayview avenues. seasideparknj.org, 732-793-3700.
- TUCKERTON – Fourth of July Parade, march beginning on Marine Street, 10 a.m. July 4, Tuckerton Borough Hall, 420 E. Main St. tuckertonborough.com, 609-296-2701.
- CLIFTON – Fourth of July Fireworks, concert with the Clifton Community Band followed by fireworks, 7 p.m. July 1; rain date July 8, Clifton Stadium, Piaget Avenue, Day Street and Park Slope. $3. cliftonnj.org, 973-470-5757. Fourth of July Celebration, community picnic from noon to 6 p.m. July 3 with food, crafts, free rides and activities; rain date July 4, Main Memorial Park, 1400 Main Avenue off Route 46. cliftonnj.org, 201-998-1144.
- LITTLE FALLS – Annual Fourth of July Street Festival, hosted by Little Falls PBA 346 with rides, food, children’s zone, craft vendors and music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4, Downtown Little Falls, Morris Canal, Main Street, lfnj.com, 973-256-0170.
- PASSAIC – Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks, in Pulaski Park behind 100 Fourth St, 5-10 p.m. June 30-July 1; 3-10 p.m. July 2-3, Passaic City Hall, 330 Passaic St. cityofpassaic.com, 973-365-5500.
- PATERSON – Fourth of July Food Truck Festival and Fireworks, 5-10 p.m. July 1, Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park, 65 McBride Ave. patersonnj.gov, 973-321-1220, ext. 2350.
- WOODSTOWN – Fourth of July Parade, rain or shine, from Allen Avenue up South Main Street through the center of Woodstown, up North Main Street and onto Marlton Road, ending at Marlton Park. 10 a.m. July 4, Downtown Woodstown, Routes 40/45 Main Street. woodstown-nj.com,
- BERNARDS – “Performing Patriotism,” concert of Colonial era music by Erik and Eliza Lichak, 2 p.m. July 3, Farmstead Arts, Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead, 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge. $15-$20. eventbrite.com/e/366870127427, 908-636-7576.
- BRIDGEWATER – Fourth of July Celebration, music by the Fabulous Greaseband, “Jersey Blues” Revolutionary War re-enactment and food trucks, concluding with fireworks, 6 p.m. July 4; rain date July 5, North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road. somersetcountyparks.org, 908-722-1200, ext. 5351. Independence Day Fireworks, at conclusion of Somerset Patriots game against Bowie Baysox, 6:35 p.m. July 4, TD Bank Ballpark, 1 Patriots Park. $14-$17.50 game admission. somersetpatriots.com, 908-252-0700.
- FRANKLIN TWP. – Fourth of July Celebration, starting 6 p.m. July 1 with children’s activities, music by Epicsoul, vendors and food trucks, concluding with fireworks; rain date July 8. Municipal Building, 475 DeMott Lane in Somerset. franklintwpnj.org, 732-873-1991, option 4.
- MONTGOMERY – Fourth of July Fireworks, vendors, games and activities for children, fireworks, 6-10 p.m. June 30, Montgomery High School, 1016 Route 601 in Skillman. montgomeryfireworks.org, 609-466-3023.
- NORTH PLAINFIELD – Fourth of July Parade, procession down Greenbrook Road, right on Somerset Street and concluding at borough hall, 10 a.m. July 4, West End School, 447 Greenbrook Road. nplainfield.org, 908-756-0247.
- SOMERVILLE – Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence, outdoor program, with Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic songs and prayer; bring chair, 8:45 a.m. July 4, Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave. immaculateconception.org, 908-704-9649.
- VERNON – Fourth of July Fireworks, off Sammis Road, with music by the Mugshots and DJ, food trucks and fireworks, 5 p.m. July 2; rain date July 3, Highland Lakes Fire Department, 813 Canistear Road. $20 carload of four, ages 4 and younger free.vernontwp.com.
- CLARK – Fourth of July Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. July 4, Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School, 365 Westfield Ave. ourclark.com, 732-388-3600.
- CRANFORD – Fourth of July Canoe Races, 8 a.m. July 4, Cranford Canoe Club, 250 Springfield Ave. 908-709-7283, 908-709-7283 or 908-709-7285. Nomahegan Park, Springfield Avenue, ucnj.org/parks, 908-709-7283, unless otherwise listed. Fourth of July Celebration, inflatable rides and food vendors concluding with fireworks, 5-9:45 p.m. July 2. 43rd Annual Firecracker 4-Miler, hosted by Cranford Jaycees, with 1-mile fun run and post-race activities, DJ, virtual run option, 8 a.m. July 4. $30-$35, $15 for 1-mile. cranfordjaycees.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ELIZABETH – Fourth of July Celebration, entertainment, food trucks, photo booth, concluding with fireworks at dusk, 2 p.m. July 4; rain date July 9, Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park, Front Street and Elizabeth Avenue. 908-820-4226.
- NEW PROVIDENCE – Fourth of July Fireworks, launched near South Street and visible from most locations in the borough, 9:30 p.m. July 3. newprov.org, 908-665-1400.
- PLAINFIELD – Fourth of July Celebration, 10 a.m. parade July 4 from East Front Street and 7 p.m. concert with Rochelle Fleming, Monifah, David Cedena and his Orchestra, Deep Cova band and comedian GL. Douglas, concluding with fireworks, Cedar Brook Park, Park and Pemberton avenues. ucnj.org, 877-424-1234.
- ROSELLE PARK – Fourth of July Celebration, vendors, inflatables, live music, flag-raising ceremony and fireworks at dusk, 5 p.m. July 1, Herm Shaw Field, 214 W Colfax Ave. rosellepark.net, 908-245-0666.
- SCOTCH PLAINS – Fourth of July Celebration, with fireworks at dusk, 7 p.m. July 2; rain date July 3, Shady Rest-Scotch Hills Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Road. scotchplainsnj.gov, 908-322-6700.
- SPRINGFIELD – Fourth of July Celebration, music by 1910 Fruitgum Company and Twice Heard, food trucks, inflatable rides, petting zoo, pony rides and fireworks, 5 p.m. July 4, Meisel Avenue Park, Meisel Avenue. springfield-nj.us, 973-912-2226.
- SUMMIT – Fourth of July Celebration, flag-raising ceremony, children’s decorated bicycle parade, music, magic show, circus entertainment, rides and amusements, food trucks and fireworks, noon-9:45 p.m. July 4, Soldiers Memorial Field, Ashland Road. cityofsummit.org, 908-277-2932.
- UNION – Fourth of July Celebration, concert by the Silver Arrow band followed by fireworks, 7:30 p.m. July 4; rain date July 5, Biertuempfel Park, 1300 Winslow Ave. uniontownship.com, 908-686-4200.
- WESTFIELD – Fourth of July Celebration, patriotic readings from the front porch, including Declaration of Independence recording by J.F. Kennedy, original Bill of Rights and Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, 10 a.m. July 4, Westfield Historical Society, Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Ave. westfieldhistoricalsociety.org, 908-654-1794.
- BLAIRSTOWN – Fourth of July Celebration, festivities from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 4, with reading of Declaration of Independence, patriotic pet, pie-eating and other family-friendly contests, children’s activities, DJ, food, vendors, Footbridge Park, 79 W. Crisman Road (Route 94). blairstowntownship.org, 908-362-6663.
- WASHINGTON – “Washington Celebrates America,” 8:30 a.m. July 4, with Orange Crate Derby followed by parade along Belvidere Avenue and Broad Street, with grand marshal Alice Thompson, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday in August. Fireworks will conclude the day at the Warren Hills Middle School at dusk washington-twp-warren.org, 908-689-4800.
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